Author: Mike Donelson (Teacher @ Upper Arlington)
I couldn’t help but feel energized as John Cooper of Skillet belted out the chorus of “Feel Invincible”, the lead track of the band’s current album, Unleashed. “You make me feel invincible. I feel it, I feel it. Invincible.”
Despite feeling the energy of the song, I struggled to feel its emotion. To be honest, I usually don’t feel invincible. Actually, I feel anything but.
I definitely can relate to having “a target on my back” and knowing that others have “got me in their sights.” I also know how it feels when “I’m trying to get up, they’re knocking me down, chewing me up, spitting me out.” I seldom feel like I “never will fail” nor do I feel “earthquake powerful, just like a tidal wave.”
Fortunately Jesus never asked me to feel anything. Instead He tells me to know and to trust. Trusting means you may not feel it, but you believe it anyway. Remembering how I must trust God and not my emotions makes me realize “I’ve got a reason to fight.” “Every day we choose, we might win or lose” because “this is the dangerous life” but I can trust that He is always “in my corner.”
The “fight song, raising up, like a roar of victory in a stadium” is an anthem of fact—not feeling. Feelings come and go, but truth stands forever. Truth is, God says we are invincible when we trust in Him. He reminds us that…
- “in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
In the next few verses, Paul emphasizes that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Don’t be trapped on an emotional roller coaster. Be invincible by trusting in the Invincible King of Conquerors who loves you deeper than you can ever know or feel.
Text: © 2016 LCC- F.R.O.G. Youth Ministry. Used with author’s permission * Image: © Skillet